Augsburg from Roman Times to Present Day

From the Roman Empire to the present day Augsburg has been through waves of transformation, but preserved its historical core over more than 20 centuries. The center of the city still bears the signs of Romans, boasts the Augsburg-style Rococo, carries evidence of philanthropy from the age of Renaissance. The Augsburg Confession presented at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530 became the primary document of the Lutheran Faith. Augsburg is also famous for its two patrician families Fugger and Welser who patronized art, sculpture and music and gave rise to the city in the 15th and 16th centuries as the creative center.

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On August 10, 1893 a loud bang at the Augsburg Machine factory marked the beginning of a new era - it was the first time Rudolph Diesel powered up his new engine. The goal of the experiment was to achieve higher efficiency than that of the steam engine popular at the time. The first diesel engine couldn't run on its own and used peanut oil as fuel, but after a few iterations it showed double the efficiency of the steam engine and commercial success followed.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart fell in love with his cousin Maria Anna Thekla Mozart from Augsburg when he was 21. His love letters to Maria, preserved till today, testify to a very intimate relationship. Known as "Bäsle Briefe", Mozart’s letters are striking for their abundance of obscene jokes and bedroom humor which was so dirty that it had to be censored from the letters when they were published in 1914.
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